Despite publishing vast quantities of literature only three Mayan books exist today due to the Spanish ordering all Mayan books and libraries to be destroyed for being, "lies of the devil." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
In 1972, hours after George Wallace was shot in an assassination attempt, Nixon rushed E. Howard Hunt to the shooter's apartment to plant campaign literature for Democrat George McGovern, hoping to sway McGovern supporters to Nixon. Hunt called it off after FBI sealed off the apartment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev pressured writer Boris Pasternak to decline a Nobel Prize for Literature, after publishing his banned novel Doctor Zhivago. After retirement, Khrushchev obtained a copy of the novel and stated, "We shouldn't have banned it. I should have read it myself." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. His most famous work was a six volume memoir about WW2, but he also wrote a science fiction alternate history story about the US Civil War. sf-encyclopedia.com/entry…
Hitler was an avid reader, having read at least 6,000 books, and would quote Shakespeare throughout WWII. He ranked Uncle Tom's Cabin, Gulliver's Travels, Don Quixote, and Robinson Crusoe as the great works of world literature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The sativa/indica distinction as currently applied in literature is complete nonsense, and instead medical and retail cannabis products should have accurate biochemical assays of cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Dr. Seuss saw children's literature as a step down in a writer's career. Geisel was loved by millions of children but couldn't have children of his own; he wanted his work to be published but panicked when he had to talk about it publicly npr.org/2019/05/07/721005…
Proslavery literature was written after the publication of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' like the parody 'Aunt Phillis's Cabin' which states: "slaves are comfortable and contented, and their owners humane and kind" encyclopedia.com/humaniti…
Olga Tokarczuk, 2018 Nobel Prize winner for Literature got death threats for writing her magnum opus, 'The Books of Jacob' timesofisrael.com/polish-…
Victor Klemperer, Jewish KZ inmate and post-WWII professor of German literature, wrote a book that analyzed how Nazis introduced a nearly Orwellian kind of German language. Examples are: "crisis" for defeat, "connection" (Anschluss) for annexation, and "enhanced interrogation" for torture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LTI…
C.S. Lewis nominated J.R.R. Tolkien for the 1961 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was rejected on the grounds that his writing "has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality." bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee, won an Olympic gold medal for himself in 1912 - with a poem. 'Ode to Sport' won in the category for literature. Previous Olympic events also included architecture, music, painting and sculpture, until 1948. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
CIA actively promoted the great Russian poet and writer Boris Pasternak's masterclass novel Doctor Zhivago by purchasing/distributing copies and publishing a Russian version. This led to Pasternak winning the 1958 Nobel Prize in Literature, but was forced by the government to decline it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc…
"thagomizer" is the unofficial name of the spike arrangement on the tails of stegasaurid dinosaurs in reference to a The Far Side cartoon. While unofficial, it is still used to describe the feature at the Smithsonian Institute, the Dinosaur Nat'l Monument, and in other literature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Today I learned of Pearl S. Buck (衛珍珠 - Sai Zhenzhu), Author and Activist that was the First American Woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and escaped death in the Nanking Incident of 1927 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
From 1912-1948 the Olympics awarded medals for sports-inspired art, including categories in architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture. The organizers ended the contests because mostly professional artists entered and only amateurs were supposed to compete in the Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
In 1913, Rabindranath Tagore became the first non-European writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Highly prolific, Tagore was also a composer and wrote the national anthems for both India and Bangladesh and he started painting in his 60s vam.ac.uk/content/article…
Before Bob Dylan's win in 2016, Rabindranath Tagore was the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. He was a wildly talented Indian poet, painter, and musician. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
The concept of zombies goes all the way back to the dawn of written literature. In the Epic of Gilgmesh, Ishtar threatens to, "Raise up the dead and they shall eat the living." Similar ideas appear in the bible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zom…
To avoid the censure of his father, a railroad worker who disapproved of poets, the teenage writer NeftalΓ­ Ricardo Reyes Basoalto wrote and published poetry under a pseudonym: Pablo Neruda. He would later legally adopt the name and go on to win a Nobel Prize in Literature. encyclopedia.com/people/l…
Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature. nobelprize.org/prizes/lit…
HItler was fond of quoting Shakespeare throughout WWII. Hitler claimed to read a book a night and ranked Uncle Tom's Cabin, Don Quixote, Robinson Crusoe, and Gulliver's Travels as the greatest works of world literature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The roman salute is unknown in Roman literature and is never mentioned by ancient historians of Rome en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
During the regime of General Sani Abacha (1993-98), Wole Soyinka (first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature) escaped from Nigeria. Abacha later proclaimed a death sentence against him "in absentia." With civilian rule restored to Nigeria in 1999, Soyinka returned to his nation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
The Olympics used to award medals for arts (literature, architecture, painting etc). Between 1912-1948 a total of 151 medals were awarded - the tradition was brought in because the Ancient Greeks used to hold art events alongside the games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
From 1912 to 1952, the Olympics awarded official medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music, alongside those for the athletic competitions. A total of 151 medals were awarded to original works in the fine arts inspired by athletic endeavors smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
In 1966 Flora Nwapa, became the first African woman to have a novel published. Up until then, the narrative of African literature had come from a male’s perspective and was not as diverse as western literature face2faceafrica.com/artic…
There are hardly any publishing houses devoted to African languages while prizes given to promote African literature have the condition that the writers don’t write in African languages. South Africa is one of the few countries where publishers are committed to publishing African languages readafricanbooks.com/opin…
In ancient cosmologies, the Empyrean, was the place in the highest heaven. In Christian literature it is considered the dwelling-place of God, of celestial beings so divine they are made of pure light, and the source of light and creation itself. Dante visits this realm at the end of Paradiso. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Herman Melville, the author of "Moby Dick", also wrote "Clarel" - an 18,000-line poem that is the longest in American literature en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Today I learned about an Italian professor of literature who published a book where he claims, based on research, that Shakespeare was Italian shakespeare-online.com/bi…
Today I learned of molecules that were purposefully given funny or silly names in the scientific literature, such as Arsole, Cummingtonite, Spermine, Dickite, Moronic Acid, Curious Chloride, Erotic Acid, Windowpane, Clitoriacetal, Clitorin, Constipatic Acid, DEAD, Furfuryl Furfurate, and many others. scienceinschool.org/2009/…
The first Gay Rights Movement took place in Germany during the nineteenth century. It was brought to America by Heinrich Gerber in the 1920s. During the Nazi-Regime the literature was lost and burned, together with the memory of gay rights in Germany. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Literature from other languages makes up just two or three per cent of English publishers’ output. In France, 27% of books published are in translation, Spain it’s 28%, Turkey 40%, and Slovenia is 70% bbc.com/culture/story/201…
Today I learned about how the MāhΕ«, the Hawaiian concept of a 3rd gender, was confused with the term hermaphrodite. The term was used to describe those who had "social and behavioral attributes of both the male and female sex" Medical literature accidentally mislabelled the class of nobles for hermaphrodites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C…
The first collection of South Sudanese literature was published in 2013. "There is a Country" collects eight pieces by South Sudanese authors, the youngest country in the world. The stories explore youth and love, life and death: a first glimpse of what South Sudanese literature has to offer searchworks.stanford.edu/…
The Olympics used to award medals for arts (literature, architecture, painting etc). Between 1912-1948 a total of 151 medals were awarded - the tradition was brought in because the Ancient Greeks used to hold art events alongside the games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
The French taught in Canadian schools is mainly Parisian French, and Canadian French truly lacks learning literature. Many individuals who have successfully learnt French often have a hard time understanding the QuΓ©bΓ©cois learncanadianfrench.ca/ab…
Joseph Stalin was a native Georgian. Born Ioseb Jughashvili, he had a talent for writing poetry; which he did in his native language, despite it being banned. Some of his works became known as "minor Georgian classics", and were included in various collections of Georgian literature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Lorenzo Da Ponte, the author of the libretto for Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," emigrated to the United States in old age, where he was appointed the first professor of Italian Literature at Columbia University italianacademy.columbia.e…
J.R.R. Tolkien was nominated by fellow author CS Lewis for the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature, but was overlooked because the jury said the quality of his storytelling wasn’t good enough. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Before modern alternatives people would often use translated literature to learn a language. The proliferation of classic English literature, such as the works of William Shakespeare and the King James Bible, led many to speak in an archaic fashion. gutenberg.org/cache/epub/…
Caffeine metabolism rate is related to genetic factors and may differ by up to 4 times in different individuals. Depending on the metabolism rate, caffeine may decrease or increase the risk of a heart attack, which explains the conflicting literature on the benefits of caffeine. well.blogs.nytimes.com/20…
Every year, Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Thiong'o is viewed as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. While in prison, Ngugi wrote Devil on the Cross, his first novel in Gikuyu. Famously, the entire book was written on toilet paper npr.org/2019/03/12/702336…
Bob Dylan won 12 Grammy's, 1 Oscar, 1 Nobel Prize in Literature, 1 Golden Globe, 1 Presidential Medal of Freedom among many more throughout his career en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Bengali is the seventh most spoken language in the world and has a rich literature dating back to 1000 AD. All literature prior to the 19th century was in rhymed verse mustgo.com/worldlanguages…
James Avery (Uncle Phil) served in the US Navy in Vietnam from 1968-69. He then moved to San Diego to write poetry and TV scripts for PBS and won an Emmy for his effort. He got a scholarship from UC San Diego and graduated there with a Bachelor’s degree in Drama and Literature in 1976. ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/index.p…
The concept of mutually assured destruction (MAD) had been discussed in literature for nearly a century before the invention of nuclear weapons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mut…
Diglossia: When a single language community uses two dialects or languages, one for everyday or vernacular language, and another for specific situations such as literature, formal education, or other specific settings, but not used normally for ordinary conversation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
According to ancient Greek literature, when Odysseus arrived home after an absence of 20 years, disguised as a beggar, the only one to recognize him was his aged dog Argos, who wagged his tail at his master, and then died. spiritofchange.org/Winter…
Merkabah mysticism or Chariot mysticism is a school of early Jewish mysticism, c. 100 BCE – 1000 CE, centered on visions such as those found in the Book of Ezekiel chapter 1, or in the heikhalot ("palaces") literature, concerning stories of ascents to the heavenly palaces and the Throne of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
The term "dark ages" do not refer to the period where science was shunned. It was a term coined by Francesco Petrarca in the 1300's, criticizing the lack of good literature following Rome's fall. historyhit.com/why-were-t…
Terry Pratchett said he did not consider his own books to be β€œliterature”. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009…
The record for the longest word in literature is held by ancient playwright Aristophanes, who made up the dish "Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatosilphioparaomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygon" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lop…
From 1912-1948, Art competitions were held at the Olympics. Included 5 Categories: Sculpture, Architecture, Literature, Painting, and Music en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou knew six African languages before he learned French. He was shocked to see later on that there was no literature in these languages and realized the only way to reach any knowledge about writing was by learning French literature criticalflame.org/writing…
Until 1948, art competitions were part of the Olympics, featuring such events as town planning, painting, music, literature, and, ironically, medal making en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The young Joseph Stalin wrote poetry. His themes included Georgian nationalism and the beauty of nature. They were published anonymously and never acknowledged publicly by Stalin, but they became classics of Georgian literature until the 1970s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Moo-Moo is a Russian restaurant chain famous for its meals inspired by works of Russian literature. It attracted controversy for its seagull dish, inspired by Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull". Restaurants are decorated with a cow motif and every meal receives a free milk-flavoured candy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
It's very likely that military-style flails never existed. They are never described in medieval literature or chronicles. The original inventors were not weaponsmiths but illustrators. The smiths who made them from the 16th Century onward were just copying an idea rather than a thing. publicmedievalist.com/cur…
Alek Sigley, founder of a North Korean tour company, began a master’s degree in Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University in 2018, becoming one of the first westerners to pursue long-term studies in the country. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and Korean as well as conversational Japanese tongiltours.com/about
Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" was actually about how television destroys interest in literature, not about censorship and while giving a lecture in UCLA the class told him he was wrong about his own book, and he just walked away. laweekly.com/news/ray-bra…
In Greek mythology, Talos was a giant automaton made of bronze to protect Europa in Crete from pirates and invaders. He circled the island's shores three times daily. (One of the earliest known interpretations of artificially made beings in literatures) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…
The early modern olympics used to feature an art competition, with sections dedicated to literature, graphic art, music and more. The Amsterdam Olympic stadium is actually a gold medal winner for architecture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
There are 820 readable pieces of literature in Skyrim, including letters, journals, spell tomes, books that offer skill points, 5 books that add quests, and 307 books that serve no other purpose than lore. elderscrolls.wikia.com/wi…
Some Cuban cigar factories employed a "Lector" who would read newspapers, political treatises and classical literature aloud to help break the monotony of the cigar-rollers' work, thus even illiterate cigar-rollers would be well-informed and familiar with great literature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
As an undergraduate at Harvard, Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park, felt his literature professor was giving him unfair grades. To prove it, he plagiarized a work by George Orwell and submitted it as his own. The paper was returned by his professor with a grade of "B-". en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The summer Olympics included art competitions that got abandoned in 1954 due to artists being deemed professionals. Disciplines included architecture, literature, music, painting and sculpture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
There is a subgenre of erotic literature that involves sexual encounters between humans and dinosaurs. Works include titles such as Taken by the T-Rex, Ravished by Triceratops and A Billionaire Dinosaur Forced Me Gay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
The mythical location of Atlantis was invented by Plato. Despite only being briefly mentioned in two of his dialogues, it’s had a lasting impact on literature and culture. ancient.eu/atlantis/
SPQR is Latin for Senatus Populusque Romanus, or "The Senate and People of Rome" and appears on Roman currency, at the end of documents, on stone inscriptions on monuments and public works, and in Roman political, legal, and historical literature such as Cicero's speeches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPQ…
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1953 was awarded to Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values." nobelprize.org/prizes/lit…
Today I learned about Marie Marvingt,β€œLa fiancΓ©e du danger”, an accomplished sportswoman (alpinism, cycling, winter sports) who could swim 4 km by the age of 5. She fought in WW1, was a nurse in WW2; had driving, pilot, and balloon licences; studied medicine, law, had a degree in literature & spoke 4 languages. vanguardcycling.com/blog/…
Victor Klemperer, Jewish KZ inmate and post-war professor of German literature, wrote a book which analyses how nazis introduced a nearly Orwellian kind of German language. Examples are "crisis" for defeat, "connection" (Anschluss) for annexation, and "enhanced interrogation" for torture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LTI…
Town planning was once an Olympic event, as were several other architectural disciplines. The Olympics were to be about the arts as much as sport and contestants could compete in literature, music and several other non-sporting pursuits planetizen.com/node/87885…
During WWII the morse code for the letter V (β€’β€’β€’-) was subliminally integrated into a lot of allied propaganda literature as a nod to V for Victory. postalmuseum.si.edu/sympo…
When JRR Tolkien was asked for proof of Aryan descent in Germany, 1938, he replied, "If impertinent and irrelevant inquiries of this sort are to become the rule in matters of literature, then the time is not far distant when a German name will no longer be a source of pride." lettersofnote.com/2012/03…
The Bible's story of Noah's Ark is based on a 1st millennium Assyrian copy of a story known as the Epic of Gilgamesh. This story itself is over 4100 year old and is considered to be the earliest surviving great work of literature in human history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noa…
Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, has long maintained his iconic work is not about censorship, but 'useless' television destroying literature. He has even walked out of a UCLA lecture after students insisted his book was about censorship. laweekly.com/2007-05-31/n…
Edith Wharton, the first female Pulitzer Prize for Literature winner (The Age of Innocence, 1921), published her first novel at age 40, and she eventually published 23 novel/novelettes and 10 non-fiction books. During her life she crossed the Atlantic 60 times on many trips to Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
The first dinosaur described in scientific literature was the Megalosaurus. But nobody realised dinosaurs existed, so thought it was the femur of a Roman war elephant, and named it after what it looked like: 'Scrotum Humanum'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
There is a stone in London enclosed within the walls of building, yet nobody knows its original purpose, and has been recorded in literature and maps since 1100AD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
RL Stine had attempted to write a new Fear Street novel for years, but publishers were not interested. Some publishers thought that young adult literature has changed since Fear Street was first published. Stine only found a publisher once he told his followers on Twitter about it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fea…
In 1997, a physics student demonstrating the Leidenfrost effect by holding liquid nitrogen in his mouth accidentally swallowed the substance, resulting in near-fatal injuries. This was the first case in medical literature of liquid nitrogen ingestion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liq…
Art competitions were part of the olympic games from 1912 to 1948. A total of 151 Olympic medals were awarded for sports-themed artworks in the fields of architecture, literature, music, painting and sculpture. huffingtonpost.com/2014/0…
Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park, felt his literature professor at Harvard was giving him unfair grades. To prove it, he turned in a paper by George Orwell and received a B- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Chinua Achebe was disappointed by non-African authors' ignorance about the continent and its people so he wrote "Things Fall Apart" in 1958, still one of the most read books in modern African literature aljazeera.com/news/2017/1…
The first medical literature about the enema is in the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus (c. 1550 BCE). Their enema specialist was named "Shepherd of the Anus". There was also a "Keeper of the Royal Rectum" who was the pharaoh's enema maker. According to Egyptian mythology, the god Thoth invented the enema en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ene…
Today I learned of Ryōji Uehara, a Japanese Kamikaze pilot whose last letter written the night before his final mission is considered a masterpiece of Japanese literature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ry%…
Felix Salten, author of one of the most notorious and depraved works of erotic fiction in world literature ("Josefine Mutzenbacher") also wrote the book on which Disney's "Bambi" is based. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fel…
There is a linguistic movement advocating for "linguistic purism" in English. This version of English removes words borrowed from Greek, Italian, and French, replacing them with a Germanic counterpart. "Literature" becomes "bookcraft." "Flexible" becomes "bendsome." "Actor" becomes "showplayer." youtube.com/watch?v=IIo-1…
Today I learned about garbageman JosΓ© Alberto GutiΓ©rrez who rescues works of literature from the trash, and redistributes them to vulnerable communities in Colombia irishtimes.com/culture/bo…
:Ernest Hemingway survived,anthrax,pneumonia, dysentery,diabetes,high blood pressure,two successive plane crashes that resulted in ruptured kidney and liver, broken skull, second degree burns, and numerous other accidents, then won the Nobel Prize in Literature and eventually committed suicide. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Since 2009, the Berenstain Bears series have been published by Zonderkidz, the childrens division of Zondervan. Zondervan is a Christian Literature publishing house. zonderkidz.com/book-serie…
Today I learned of a super agressive form of brain cancer, technically named "grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme", and that has been nicknamed "the terminator" within the scientific literature because of how quickly it grows and how quickly it kills. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
E.M. Forster's novella "The Machine Stops," first published in 1909, details a giant machine with "buttons to call for food for music, for clothing ... there was the button that produced literature. And there were of course the buttons by which she communicated with her friends." paleofuture.gizmodo.com/e…
To date, about 1.5 million species have been formally described in the scientific literature, most of them insects. Some studies have estimated 2 million or fewer, whereas others suggest as many as 12 million (one recent study even suggested the planet could be home to a trillion species) phys.org/news/2017-08-bio…
John Steinbeck, when asked if he deserved the Nobel Prize for Literature, replied: "Frankly, no." theguardian.com/books/201…
Few major publishers are interested in distributing Esperanto literature and sales of 500 books are considered a bestseller in this language indecs.eu/2015/indecs_13_…
A program at the University of Kansas in the 1970s focusing on classical works of literature was shut down because too many of the students were converting to Catholicism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…

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